Electric Water Heater Repair Cost [A Guide]

Posted on November 12th, 2018 by carrolladmin

The luxury of hot water is rarely considered until it’s gone. Waking up to find you are without hot water is never much fun, and panic may sink in at the thought of getting it fixed.

From leaks to larger issues, common problems can be solved with the help of a trusted, local technician.

Plumbing repairs vary drastically in cost based on the problem, the age, and model of your equipment, among other factors. It’s important to keep in mind that the average lifespan of an electric water heater is about 12 years, similar to gas water heaters.

Review some of the average costs associated with electric water heater repairs, depending on the need to repair or replace. These common issues can be fixed on a budget, including:

To schedule an appointment or request an estimate, contact us easily online to get warm water flowing again in your home or office.

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Troubleshooting Electric Water Heater Repairs

First, it’s worthwhile to go through simple diagnostics before spending money to have a plumber come out.

If your electric water heater isn’t working at all, you may simply have a flipped circuit breaker. Check your breaker box to make sure the switch hasn’t flipped. If the circuit breaker is working, another solution may be that the hot water cutoff tripped. It can be reset by pressing the associated button near the upper thermostat.

If these potential solutions are unable to solve the issue, we recommend you contact a reliable plumbing professional.

Electric Water Heater Repairs Overview

The average electric water heater repair cost is typically between $217 to $925, but it can range higher or lower depending on the exact issue.

Whether you’re looking into home improvement projects or replacing a water heater entirely, take a look at these 5 cost breakdowns to guide you.

1. Heating Elements – $200 to $300

Often, problems with electric water heaters come from faulty heating elements. Your water heater will come with two elements — one located up high, and another down toward the bottom of your water heater.

The system runs an electric current through each element, causing them to heat and raise the temperature of the water in the tank.

An element may be burned out or shorted, in which case it will need replacement. A bad element could be the cause of a circuit breaker to trip. If you frequently have to reset the breaker switch, a burned out element could be the culprit.

A replacement element on its own costs up to $20, and with labor, the total cost usually comes to around $200 to $300.

To determine if one of your water heaters elements is bad, an electrical continuity tester is used. This device can be found at most hardware stores for about $10.

Questions about your heating elements? Contact us for assistance.

2. Thermostat – $150 to $200

If the heating elements are operating properly, another cause may be a thermostat issue. Each electric water heater has two thermostats, one for each element. If one of the thermostats fails to work, the heat water will not heat as efficiently.

Typically, the lower thermostat handles most of your water heating requirements. When you need higher amounts of hot water, the upper unit kicks in. If either the upper or lower thermostat goes out, you may get cooler water from the unit, especially on heavier water loads. In these cases, replacing the faulty thermostat is necessary.

The parts needed for thermostat replacement typically cost around $20, and the total installation process typically costs around $200 in total.

For more information or questions about a thermostat, contact us easily online.

3. Anode Rod – $20 to $50

Not all problems are due to mechanical issues, but rather from corrosion over time. If you’ve noticed corrosion on your water tank, unfortunately it may be too late to recover the system, in which case you will need a replacement tank (up to $1400).

The anode rod prevents the tank from corroding, but it will gradually wear out. As such, it will need replacing every five years or so.

This equipment is fairly inexpensive — with each rod costing up to $50. If you plan to get the anode rod replaced professionally, expect additional price increases up to $300.

Is your anode rod corroded? We’re here to help.

4. Dip Tube – $10 to $150

Another problem that could lead to poor water heating is a bad dip tube. The dip tube transfers cool water from the top of the tank down to the bottom where it can be reheated. If this equipment has worn out, the warmth of the water may not be as hot.

In some cases, the dip tube may break off or corrode away. A replacement tube costs $10, and you can expect professional repairs to reach $150 at the most.

5. Pressure Relief Valve – $20 to $200

A final issue is the pressure relief valve. The purpose of this valve is to let out excess pressure, so if the tank’s pressure is too high, it will cause the valve to leak consistently. Excess water tank pressure could result from various problems, all of which are best handled by a professional.

It may be that the valve itself is faulty or has excess sediment buildup, meaning it will need to be replaced. The part itself costs $20, and with professional replacement, the cost goes up to about $200.

In need of professional help? Give us a call or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

Electric water heater repair estimates and costs courtesy HomeAdvisor and eLocal.

Additional Factors To Consider With Electric Water Heater Repair Costs

When looking at electric water heater repair cost, there are a few additional items you’ll want to take into consideration.

Price of Labor

Much of the range in prices listed above comes from variations in the cost of labor.
Professional plumbers cost about $45 to $150 per hour, and most repairs take a couple hours to finish.

Make and Model

Another factor is the make and model of the unit. Parts for some brands of electric water heaters may cost more than others, which could result in some fluctuation in price.

Quality of Work

Often, the quality of the repair work will be reflected in the price.

The more experienced and better trained a repair technician, the more they’re likely to cost.
While this may deter some homeowners, the extra cost is often worthwhile if it means less risk of problems down the road.

Cost of Replacement

Ultimately, routine maintenance and minor repairs will help your unit last longer. This is important because the cost to replace an electric water heater can go up to $1400.

Keeping up on repairs can save you money in the long run.

Read More: Choosing The Best Water Heater Repair Company (Quickly)

Tank Water Heater vs. Tankless Water Heaters

As the name suggests, tank water heaters are useful for the storage of water, typically up to 40-50 gallons. On the other hand, tankless water heaters provide warm water only when you need it, without storing it for future use.

As for a cost breakdown, tank water heaters cost less than tankless and are typically easier to install. Tankless water heaters are known to last longer, with an average lifespan of about 20 years, but can cost up to twice as much.

Contact Carroll Plumbing & Heating For Your Electric Water Heater Repairs

Keep your water temperatures comfortable for your well-being and ensure that your equipment is functioning properly. Maintaining a well-functioning water heater can be done with routine maintenance and check-ins. Electric water heaters are a great, energy efficient choice for many homes and office spaces.

To get started on your repair, contact us easily online for an estimate or to schedule an appointment today.

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